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UFC Officials Meet With New York State Legislators, Hopeful Of MMA Legalization

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Officials and fighters from UFC were in Albany yesterday “to meet with legislators to discuss the long-stalled professional MMA legalization effort in New York,” according to Matthew Hamilton of the Albany TIMES UNION. Bills have “passed the Republican-controlled state Senate in re...

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Ferry Decision Will Fall To Hawks' New Owners

Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young's comments this week that Hawks GM Danny Ferry should return to the team have drawn a variety of comments from television analysts and newspaper columnists. Ferry took an indefinite leave of absence prior to the season after making racially insensitive comments.&nbs ...

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Indians' Paul Dolan Not Popular Among Fans

Among the top execs of Cleveland's three major pro sports teams, Indians Chair & CEO Paul Dolan's name "might be the most loathed by his team's fan base," and the fans' distrust "might not dissipate until Dolan can deliver Cleveland a Fall Classic triumph," according to Zack Meisel of the Clevel ...

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Braley, MLSE's Tanenbaum Discuss Argos' Future

CFL Toronto Argonauts Owner David Braley on Tuesday met with MLSE Chair Larry Tanenbaum, but they did not "reach a resolution" about the franchise's future, according to Sean Fitz-Gerald of the NATIONAL POST. Braley has put the team "up for sale, and he set out to find it a new place to play, with i ...

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Franchise Notes

In Toronto, Tara Deschamps reports tickets to the Blue Jays' home opener on April 13 against the Rays are "already being flogged for more than quadruple the face value after the seats sold out within minutes" yesterday morning. Tickets went on sale at 10:00am ET, but Blue Jays VP/Communications ...

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Jaguars' Khan Gives State Of Franchise

Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan yesterday in his opening comments at a “State of the Franchise” event said that the team's rebuilding process "should be over," according to Hays Carlyon of the FLORIDA TIMES-UNION. Khan said to fans, "We owe you better results on game day. ... I want to make it ...

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Raptors’ Success A Windfall For MLSE

The Raptors hold the second best record in the Eastern Conference at the mid-point of the NBA season, and are "proving to be a surprise windfall" for MLSE co-owners Rogers and BCE, according to Gerrit De Vynck of BLOOMBERG NEWS. MLSE Chief Communications Officer Dave Hopkinson said, “The feeli ...

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Sixers Announce Slogan, Uniform Changes

The 76ers yesterday announced a "new branding initiative" for the '15-16 season, and it includes a "new uniform, as well as a noteworthy new slogan: 'This Starts Now,'" according to Michael Kaskey-Blomain of PHILLY.com. The new slogan replaces "Together We Build," potentially "signifying a shift in ...

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What's The Economic Impact Of LeBron's Return?

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Plenty Of Premium Seats At New Braves Park

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Investors Helping Sacramento's MLS Push

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